Trailblazers Ages 10 to 14
Combining local and International curricula to gain a global perspective
Trailblazers is a comprehensive English language course designed by EF specifically for middle school learners. The course builds its syllabus on engaging, real-world topics and exceeds national English curriculum requirements, empowering students to excel in school and beyond.
Classroom sessions focus on communicative learning in an immersive environment. Beyond the classroom, students have access to personalized learning tools, including online vocabulary building and homework applications.
Content that help students succeed in top exams
Trailblazers covers 100% of the national English curriculum and adheres to the latest ESL learning standards.
The rigorous academic course is designed according to the CEFR and in-lined with the international testing standards of TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Exam.
Tests for every unit include listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and cloze, all closely aligned with entrance examination requirements.
To overcome the major pain points in learning English and test preparation, Trailblazers has given extra emphasis on helping students to master the complexity of Grammar and to overcome the challenges of Vocabulary.
Stand out locally & thrive in studies abroad
Important transferable skills are taught using specialized frameworks to ensure a holistic education to boost personal development and to elevate the student’s competitiveness.
- ● Interpersonal skills
- ● Creativity
- ● Research
- ● Leadership
- ● Teamwork
- ● Information Organization
- ● Time management
- ● Critical thinking
- ● Problem-solving
- ● Decision-making
- ● Logic analysis
- ● Presentation
Immersive language learning environment that encourages students to express themselves confidently and fluently in English to native English speakers.
Using trending topics and themed activities to inspire students’ interests in learning English, to increase their knowledge beyond textbooks, and to foster independent learning outside of classrooms. All these are key to surviving a student’s life abroad.
Tangible results in all aspects of language learning
Listening :Creating an immersive language-learning environment to develop students’ sense of authentic English, and using various listening exercises to develop problem-solving abilities and strategic thinking in English.
Speaking :Using content closely related to their interests, students will practice expressing themselves in English by having conversations with teachers and classmates, allowing them constant practice of the grammar points learned in class.
Reading :A wide range of exclusively developed reading materials focused on improving students’ advanced reading skills, covering areas like skimming for main ideas, summarizing the thesis statement and guessing the meaning of unknown words based on context.
Writing :Coverage of all practical writing styles (such as narration, description, exposition and argumentation) to inspire students to write in authentic English and to prepare them for advanced writing. Combined with original essay samples for reference, students can improve their writing skills rapidly.
Vocabulary :Teaching students the points of functional language through dialogues in real-life context so as to help students communicate successfully in English outside of the classroom. The Trailblazers course also covers more than 2500 core and extended vocabulary items, and to help students commit these new words into their long-term memory, EF has developed an innovative app, Mentor, to accelerate students’ self-learning.
From Goal Setting To Achieve Success
During the initial Course Consultation, online (adaptive reading, listening, vocabulary, grammar) and oral Placement Tests will be administered and the most suitable starting course level (out of the 8 levels) will be recommended, based on the child’s performance.
Prior to starting the course, individual learning goals will be established with parents, and a detailed personalized study plan that focuses on each child’s areas of improvement needed will be put in place.
Parents have full transparency of what has been taught in each class and they can monitor their child's homework completion, all in the EF Parent App.
There will be a test at the end of each unit (each level has 5 units) to gauge how much of the curriculum the child has mastered. Parents will be able to keep track of test results, see how each of their child’s 6 skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary) have been scored, and get remediation recommendations from the teacher via the EF Parent App.
At the end of each level, students will demonstrate their newly learned skills and language with a project that summarizes everything they've learned. Students will display their transferable skills through a presentation. During the achievement ceremony, students are awarded an end-of-level certificate that indicates their Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) level thus providing the approximate equivalent levels of Cambridge Exam, TOEFL and IELTS.
EF Life Clubs
Quality Extracurricular Activities
School admissions officers look first at test scores, the rigor of the courses you take, and your grades in those courses. After that, they are interested in a student’s extracurricular activities — in other words, how you spend your time outside of classes. Schools care about the character of people they admit; therefore, what you do after school, during weekends and over summers tells them a lot about the kind of person you are.
To help you strategize a list of activities that will make an impact on your application, EF is constantly putting together unique and fun extracurricular activities called ‘Life Clubs’ that will really get you noticed. All EF Life Clubs are teacher-led activities conducted in an English-speaking environment, focused on training and showcasing our students’ intangible qualities like leadership, creativity, passion and other important qualities that will help them stand out from the crowd.
Science & Technology Project Based Learning
Global Youth Leadership Forums
Speech, Drama & Debate Training
Literary & Art Appreciation & Criticism
Social & Environmental Consciousness
Exposures to Fortune 500 Companies
Themes: Discuss global issues with middle school students from all over the world Introduction: EF Global Student Leaders Summit is an annual communication feast for middle school students from all over the world. It intends to select outstanding middle school students from all over the world and ask them to give out their unique opinions and put into practice by having brainstorm, group debate and keynote speech related to global hot issues. Description：
Communication with world famous politicians, economists and lecturer face-to-face.
Get close connection with students from Harvard and Yale; Build up international social-network and open up global horizon
Brainstorm with 500 outstanding US high school students and discuss the current social issues
Attend authentic ball; Dicover American-style party; Experience the culture of US high school students
Skills Developed: Interpersonal Skills, Creative Thinking, Public Speaking Techniques, Leadership, Team-working
Themes: Explore the secrets to success of famous Fortune 500 financial firms Introduction: Let the students go inside Fortune 500 companies and communicate with coperate executives in order to understand the opreational mode of financial products and the key factors for the company's success, and also to develop the students' business intellegence, improve their practical English skills and gain extra points for their future school applications. Description：
Visit PingAn Trust; Get to know the must learn knowledge for becoming a financial upstart
Visit Lufax; Learn Internet P2P Finance, Enterprise Credit Rating and Risk Management
Visit CIFM; Start stimulated company practice by using securities, fonds, bunds and other financial products to earn more "Golden Coins" for your own company
Visit PingAn Finance; the coperate executives assign the topic of "Financial Planning" to the students and ask them to brainstorm and creat their own financial model.
Skills Developed: Time management skills, Planning skills, Logic Analyzing Skills and Team-working Skills
Themes: Experience the wonderful feeling of stimulated flight training, get yourself a new skill! Introduction: Go for the student's flying dream with the flight training by China Eastern Airline and our EF foreign teachers. Let the students understand the structure of the plane, the components of the aircraft and the high-frequency words used by the captain. Trainers from the airline company will teach the students personally and help them finish their first stimulated flight. Description：
1. English flying class - to learn the basic flying knowledge and terms in English, to debate in groups on the topic "The security contrast between plane and train"
2. Class taught by professional trainers from China Eastern Airline - teaching flight methods, instructions and techniques
3. Experience the food from the pilots canteen - to understand how to make the collocation of meat and vegatable and keep the nutrition balance in order to keep the pilots in good health.
4. Final class: Student's flight show. The student will put on the uniform and enter the 1:1 flight stimulator with the trainer. They can see all the controlling buttons and the dashboard, closly experience the airport runway, pull the pole and start their flying journey under the instruction of the trainer. They can experience different weather in the air, including thunderstorm, snow, dusk..., and also train their decision making skills and coordinating skills in real practice.
Skills Developed: Decision making skills, Coordinating skills, Critical thinking skills and adaptability
Themes: Enter elite Fortune 500 enterprise, face executives graduated from top universities, summarize the essence of career development and business management, dicover your internal potential. Introduction: Brainstorm with elites from Havard, Yale, Oxford and other top universities and dicuss the matter with executives from Unilever and start-up entrepreneurs from the internet platform. Develop the student's international business intelligence and explore their internal potential again. Description：
1. Fortune 500 executives who graduated from world famous universites will share their career development stories and business managemt keypoints with the students and help them to have a better understanding of the real working environment.
2. We will analyze the structure of the company and the capital market trend by studying all the links of the market value chain, from finace to human resource, from sales to marketing…
3. The immersive English topic discussion will help the students to develop their intelligence and divergent thinking skills. Through events with different degree of difficulties, students can experience the self-accomplishment by completing their career goals.
4. We will ask the students to do field research in the shopping mall, make research paper and do project analysis presentation in groups to experience the feelings of being a CEO. At the end, professors from Hult Business School will teach the students how to deal with the current problems acoording to their presentations.
Skills Developed: Research skills, Public speaking skills, Team working skills, Time management skills